\ ˈstrip How to pronounce strip (audio) \
stripped\ ˈstript How to pronounce stripped (audio) \ also stript; stripping

Definition of strip

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to remove clothing, covering, or surface matter from
b : to deprive of possessions
c : to divest of honors, privileges, or functions
2a : to remove extraneous or superficial matter from a prose style stripped to the bones
b : to remove furniture, equipment, or accessories from strip a ship for action
3 : to make bare or clear (as by cutting or grazing)
4 : to finish a milking of by pressing the last available milk from the teats strip a cow
5a : to remove cured leaves from the stalks of (tobacco)
b : to remove the midrib from (tobacco leaves)
6 : to tear or damage the thread of (a separable part or fitting)
7 : to separate (components) from a mixture or solution
8 : to press eggs or milt out of (a fish)
9 : to remove (a subcutaneous vein) by means of a surgical instrument

intransitive verb

1a : to take off clothes
b : to perform a striptease



Definition of strip (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : a long narrow piece of a material
b : a long narrow area of land or water
3 : a commercially developed area especially along a highway

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Other Words from strip


strippable \ ˈstri-​pə-​bəl How to pronounce strippable (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for strip

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of strip in a Sentence

Verb He stripped himself down to his underwear. The prisoners were stripped naked. She gets paid to dance and strip at the club. They stripped the table and refinished it. They stripped the room when they left. The building had been completely stripped of its original woodwork. Noun a small strip of cloth the half-mile strip of road
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Nor did the band just strip down to raw emotion like Dashboard Confessional, or introduce itself with macabre imagery like My Chemical Romance. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "The Audacity of Panic! at the Disco’s Debut Album," 30 Sep. 2020 If passed with a simple-majority vote, Prop. E would strip the minimum staffing requirement from the charter and require the police department to submit a staffing report to the Police Commission every two years. Megan Cassidy,, "Election 2020: A breakdown of the Bay Area’s police reform ballot measures," 25 Sep. 2020 Taft gently set him on the mat and helped to strip off his clothing, snipping apart his shoes. Lizzie Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle, "The Siege at Station 62," 18 Sep. 2020 Never use dish soap; its grease-cutting formula can strip the wax and dull the finish of the car. Washington Post, "Hints From Heloise: Have the kids help wash your car," 12 Sep. 2020 British broadcaster Piers Morgan called for Queen Elizabeth II to strip Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, of their royal titles after Markle made public comments on the United States presidential election. Carly Ortiz-lytle, Washington Examiner, "Piers Morgan among those urging Queen to strip Meghan Markle of royal title following US election comments," 23 Aug. 2020 Jackson’s office uses multiple email accounts, runs Microsoft Windows and edits Word files locally on its computers, as opposed to a cloud service like Google Docs, which is more likely to strip out malicious code. Jack Gillum, ProPublica, "Foreign Hackers Cripple Texas County’s Email System, Raising Election Security Concerns," 24 Sep. 2020 In a 2019 dissenting opinion, Barrett wrote that the government should be able to strip a Wisconsin man who pleaded guilty to mail fraud for a Medicare scheme, a felony, of his right to vote but not his right to own a gun. David Rohde, The New Yorker, "How Trump’s Supreme Court Maneuver Could Dangerously Increase the Powers of the President," 22 Sep. 2020 The Nuggets had to strip their organization down to the studs. Christian Clark | Staff Writer,, "What does NBA culture change actually look like? Lessons from the Nuggets' rise," 16 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun India's drug authority approved a new paper-strip test for Covid-19 that shows results in less than an hour. Ivana Kottasová, CNN, "What you need to know about coronavirus on Tuesday, October 6," 6 Oct. 2020 There seems to be a limitless number of products available to clean, strip, etch, degrease, and brighten various surfaces around the home, yard, and workshop. Popular Mechanics, "How to Safely Use Muriatic Acid," 6 Oct. 2020 It’s known for its Mediterranean climate and its 21-mile strip of the Malibu coast. Sunset Staff, Sunset Magazine, "Check Out the 2021 Sunset Idea Hub Houses," 28 Sep. 2020 Goodson’s pick and Garrett’s strip — and offense scored 10 points off those last two for a 14-point final period. cleveland, "Browns pick off Dwayne Haskins 3 times and strip him once in 34-20 victory over Washington; Chase Young lost early to injury," 27 Sep. 2020 Other standouts from the line include The Levi, short, not-even-a-half-strip lashes designed to give eyes a subtle lift, and The Luca, false lashes designed specifically for hooded eyes (finally). Jessica Matlin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Jenna Lyons Just Launched False Lash Brand Loveseen," 22 Sep. 2020 On Pennsylvania Avenue in Towson, the Route 1 strip in College Park and other stretches where college students flock on the weekend, the coronavirus pandemic hovers like a chaperone, watchful if not entirely omnipotent. Phillip Jackson,, "Maryland’s college bars and restaurants offer students an escape, but not from the masks and social distancing of the pandemic," 17 Sep. 2020 Kelly said the idea of the design of the building was to create something different on the busy, largely commercial strip. Steve Smith,, "The Borden opens in Wethersfield," 11 Sep. 2020 The plane took off and flew four hours to Johnson Island, a one-strip air base about 900 miles southwest of Hawaii. Michael E. Ruane Washington Post, Star Tribune, "A Navy officer's sudden mission meant carrying a flag 9,000 miles and standing up his fiancee on date night," 10 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of strip


13th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a


1548, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for strip


Middle English strepen, strippen, from Old English -strīepan; akin to Old High German stroufen to strip


probably alteration of stripe entry 3

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The first known use of strip was in the 13th century

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13 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Strip.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Oct. 2020.

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How to pronounce strip (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of strip

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to remove your clothing
: to take the clothes off (someone)
: to remove your clothing in a sexually exciting way while someone is watching



English Language Learners Definition of strip (Entry 2 of 2)

: a long, narrow piece of something
: a long, narrow piece of land
US : a road that has a lot of shops, restaurants, etc., along it


\ ˈstrip How to pronounce strip (audio) \
stripped; stripping

Kids Definition of strip

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to remove clothes : undress
2 : to remove a covering or surface layer from I'm stripping furniture for refinishing.
3 : to make bare or clear They passed miles of naked grapevines, stripped of their harvest …— Pam Muñoz Ryan, Esperanza Rising
4 : to take away all duties, honors, or special rights The soldiers were stripped of their rank.
5 : to remove all the contents (as equipment or accessories) from Thieves stripped the car.
6 : to tear or damage the thread of (as a screw or bolt)



Kids Definition of strip (Entry 2 of 2)

: a long narrow piece or area strips of bacon a strip of land
\ ˈstrip How to pronounce strip (audio) \
stripped\ ˈstript How to pronounce stripped (audio) \; stripping

Medical Definition of strip

: to remove (a vein) by means of a stripper stripping a varicose saphenous vein

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stripped; stripping

Legal Definition of strip

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: to divide (a debt security) into separately traded securities entitling the owner usually to either principal or interest alone from the obligation



Legal Definition of strip (Entry 2 of 3)

: a security traded separately from another after stripping specifically : a derivative mortgage-backed security created by the segregation of cash flow from the underlying mortgages or other mortgage-backed securities and entitling the investor to a specified percentage (as 100 percent) of the interest or principal paid


plural STRIPs

Legal Definition of STRIP (Entry 3 of 3)

: a Treasury security that entitles the investor usually to payment of interest or principal exclusively and that is registered in a Federal Reserve bank under a federal program that provides for such separate trading of the components of U.S. Treasury obligations — compare zero-coupon bond at bond sense 2

History and Etymology for strip


separate trading of registered interest and principal of securities

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